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Paper w78-2011-Paper-15:
A STRATEGY TO DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK FOR DISTRIBUTED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN THE AEC-FM INDUSTRY

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H Deshpande, H Leslie

A STRATEGY TO DEVELOP A FRAMEWORK FOR DISTRIBUTED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN THE AEC-FM INDUSTRY

Abstract:This paper reviews and analyses the problem of distributed decision-making in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction and Facility Management (AEC-FM) industry and at the operation and management of a supporting information system. These problems include uncoordinated information gathering, reporting and management, as well as multiple redrawing and re-keying of information, which lead to unnecessary costs, increased errors, and misunderstanding. While major advances have been made since CIDA articulated these problems fifteen years ago, particularly in relation to the Building Information Modelling (BIM), its call for easy access to standardized information relevant to each industry sector is yet to be fully answered. While individual industry sectors and organisations have made significant advances in their respective areas of concern, significantly less progress has been made when it comes to the access and exchange of information between sectors or over the life-cycle of a facility. In order to advance the agenda, this paper first takes a comprehensive look at the way the project decision-makers access, process and exchange information, and at how that data is managed over space and time. The paper then describes a strategy to develop a framework for an integrated system for information management that is comprehensive and well integrated, addressing the needs of all sectors of the industry and all phases of the facility life-cycle. The strategy also makes it possible to bring together all the diverse developments such as BIM, IFCs, IDEF, IFD, in the framework, thus helping to manage the information in all its myriad aspects. As many of the concepts raised here are similar to but slightly different from those in current circulation, the paper identifies and describes a number of key concepts used to formulate the strategy. The paper describes the proposed system in functional terms and outlines the simple demonstration packages within it that illustrate the wider picture and provide a context within which individual interest groups can act.

Keywords:Distributed information management, Performance-based project data, Product/Process data management. BIM

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